BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
THE Bethlehem Chapel Youth (BCY) ministry launched its bio-gas project on Thursday April 19, 2018.
The Bethlehem Chapel Youth Ministry is a faith-based youth group located at the Tuvaruhu community just along the Mataniko River.
It became officially registered under Honiara City Council-Youth Division in July 2016.
Through this registration, BCY established a partnership with Oxfam Solomon Islands.
On Thursday last week, BCY with youth stakeholders in the country launched its bio-gas project which emphasises innovative aspects to address environmental problems especially organic wastes through approach of anaerobic respiration reaction.
BCY Ministry youth leader Dr Joel Iio said they are excited with such achievement which is a result of young people’s innovation to change their community.
He said they have faced many challenges when constructing the bio-digester.
“It has been noted that nearly majority of materials used were different materials for different purposes but modified to serve the purpose of the bio-digester,” Iio said.
The elder for BCY ministry Mr Bobby Kelly said the youths are doing their part in saving the environment.
Mr Kelly who has been supporting BCY youths all along through the construction of the bio-gas system.
Speaking on behalf of the Honiara Youth Council, HYC coordinator Mr Bobby Siarani congratulated the BCY ministry for their fine achievement.
“We have been looking forward to witness the success of the bio-gas project since it has been submitted through proposal and presentation.
“We encourage young people and youth groups in Honiara to venture into innovative approaches to solve some of our social issues.
“Not only that this can be seen as a form of development for our society especially when it comes to new technology such as the bio-gas.”
Representative from Oxfam Solomon Islands Mr Neil Nuia expressed his excitement about the success of the bio-gas project.
He said they have been waiting to witness the lighting of the bio-gas system which has been heard about for the past six to seven months.
Nuia adds witnessing the success of the project is also a success for Oxfam as a donor partner to the project.
The Youth Desk of the Honiara City Council Mrs Mary Tuhaika acknowledged the BCY’s commitment towards youth development in Honiara.
She said such initiative is a combined effort from young peoples’ commitment, passion, drive and the technical know-how of their elders.
“BCY’s innovative project is a huge success and a realisation of youth potential, when given relevant support,” she adds.